The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has closed two dove fields on the Bladen Lake State Forest Game Land to hunting until further notice.
The Commission closed the fields due to someone baiting the field prior to the dove season opening, which is illegal. The game land is located in Bladen County near Elizabethtown. The closed dove fields are:
•Salters Lake Dove Field, located off the dirt road that enters Bladen Lakes State Forest in Yorick on Highway 53. GPS coordinates are N 34.68419, W 78.63033.
•Powerline Dove Field, located 3 miles off Highway 242. GPS coordinates are N 34.73204, W 78.58965.
Signs are posted at these two fields noting that they are closed. The signs will be removed and these fields will be opened to public dove hunting once Wildlife Enforcement Officers determine that they can be legally hunted. Anyone who has any knowledge about the illegal baiting is asked to contact the Commission’s Enforcement Division at 800-662-7137. Callers can remain anonymous.
For more information on dove hunting in North Carolina, visit the Commission’s website, www.ncwildlife.org/hunting.
About the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission
Since 1947, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has been dedicated to the conservation and sustainability of the state’s fish and wildlife resources through research, scientific management, wise use, and public input. The Commission is the state regulatory agency responsible for the enforcement of fishing, hunting, trapping and boating laws and provides programs and opportunities for wildlife-related educational, recreational and sporting activities. To learn more, visit www.ncwildlife.org.